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hardensheetmetal posted 10-14-2001 08:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for hardensheetmetal   Send Email to hardensheetmetal  
I had left my 13 at a yard in Connecticut so we could go back and forth to a house we were buying (on a small island). I went to pick it up today after about a month and a half. I thanked one of the yard guys for making it accessable ahead of time, then proceeded to the town launching ramp. Once at the ramp I noticed the boat had some small surface scratches and a small chip on the port quarter, this bugged me because I had spent all last winter redoing the boat. I then glanced amidship and holy cow! they nocked a 1 1/2" hole through the gel coat, and cracked the mat enough that I could push it into the foam. I took the boat back around the block to the yard and the guy was pretty cool about it. They agreed it probably happened in the yard and said they had a real good glass guy and would fix it. Not real apologetic, but at least no real hassle. I was just a little stunned, I guess no one really cares about your toys the way you do.

Dan

JFM posted 10-15-2001 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Dan, be glad your boat wasn't in the water when you saw the hole! You might have a sponge if you didn't see it. Regards, Jay
Dan posted 10-15-2001 02:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Many boat yard workers think it's okay to treat boaters like crap. Last year I had some work done on my previous Whaler. Came back a week later to test ride. Even called in advance. When I arrived one gas tank was stolen, boat was filthy, bilge was filled with crud and several inches of filthy water in stern, outboard was leaking gas. Oh yeah, prior to dropping off my boat I had completely detailed her. Anyway, people at boatyard couldn't have cared less. Upshot, there are some first class creeps at many boat yards -- my motto be afraid, be very very afraid! lol
andygere posted 10-15-2001 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I have had similar experiences. The last time I picked mine up, the mooring cover had greasy handprints on it, the boat was filled with leaves and muddy foot prints, and the trailer was left in an unfenced, unattended yard with the coupler unlocked. When I got home, I found the keys in the ignition (not in the anchor locker as I requested, and a copy of the invoice with my Visa number printed on it sitting on the seat. To make matters worse, some of the work I was charged for didn't get done, and I had to bring the boat back. It is the last time I'll use that yard....
NEVER SCARED posted 10-15-2001 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
Its no better here on the west coast! I was picking up my kicker at a local boat yard near closing time. The "pros" putting the boats inside with the tractor was having a blast! He was so rough, one boat came unhitched and coasted out control. Luckily it didnt hit the other boats and just bounced off a chain link fence. Boats are parked just inches away from each other! The boat yards out here also want to keep your boat from two to 4 weeks!! I've also noticed them reving the hell out of the outboards they're working on. I guess this keeps them in business.
Traveller posted 10-16-2001 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Traveller  Send Email to Traveller     
Reading abouth these nightmares has convinced me that I did the right thing by purchasing a house with enough flat land to store the boat in the yard beside the house. That was a major consideration in our house search, and it looks like it was a really wise decision. Sorry you guys have had such lousy treatment of your boats at boatyards.

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